Data privacy policy and disclaimer

The online journal www.ips-journal.eu takes the protection of your personal data very seriously and complies strictly with the regulations of data protection legislation. Personal data is collected on this website only to the extent that is technically necessary. In no event is the data that is collected sold or disclosed to third parties for other reasons. The following statement provides you with an overview of how we guarantee this protection and what kind of data is collected for what purposes.

Data protection

The online journal www.ips-journal.eu is a service offered by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (Friedrich Ebert Foundation), which attaches great importance to the protection of your personal data. It complies strictly with the statutory provisions that govern how personal data is permitted to be handled – especially the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Bundesdatenschutzgesetz (BDSG – German Federal Data Protection Act) – and has taken the technical and organisational measures required to protect personal data.

The following statement is intended to give you an overview of how we ensure this protection, in particular what kind of data we collect, process and use for what purposes and what rights you are granted by law.

Controller for data processing

The controller (Article 4 no. 7 GDPR) is the

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung e. V.
Godesberger Allee 149
53175 Bonn

Tel.: 0228 883-0
Fax: 0228 883-9207

E-mail: Presse@fes.de

Data protection officer, supervisory authority

The contact address of the data protection officer of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is:

Dr Georg Wronka, lawyer
E-mail: rawronka(at)web.de

You have the right to contact the data protection supervisory authority with any complaints.

Automatically collected data

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung collects and stores the following information, which is sent automatically to us by your browser, as standard in its log files when you access this website:  

  • Browser type/ version
  • Operating system used
  • Referrer URL (the page visited beforehand)
  • Host name of the accessing computer (IP address)
  • Date and time of the server request.

This information cannot be attributed to specific persons by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. It is analysed exclusively on an anonymised basis and used to improve the content and functions of the website. No amalgamation of this data with other data sources is performed, nor are any personal user profiles created in any other way.

Personal data of the user, processing purposes

Personal data (e.g. contact details such as name, postal address, e-mail address) generally has to be provided in order to take advantage of offers from the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (e.g. publications and events) or to process enquiries (e.g. about grants). The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is allowed to collect, process and use this data only within the framework that is strictly limited by the statutory regulations (Article 6(1) sentence 1 b) and a) GDPR).

Furthermore, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung uses this data, when the statutory requirements are met, to refer you to other events, publications and activities of the foundation (Article 6(1) sentence 1 a) and f) GDPR). We generally ask for your consent for this. Data is transmitted to third parties only if we are legally required to do this (e.g. to authorities) or you have given us your consent. If the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung engages service companies to provide technical support for IT-based workflows, it does so in accordance with the regulations applicable to contract data processing (Article 28 GDPR).

If your consent is required, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung takes the greatest care to ensure that it complies with the conditions regarding contents and formal procedure that are necessary for proper consent to be obtained (Article 7 GDPR). You have the option to withdraw the contents of your declaration of consent at any time. Furthermore, you can withdraw at any time any consent you have issued regarding the processing and use of your data (Article 7 (3) GDPR); this also applies for the withdrawal of a declaration of consent that you issued to the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung before 25 May 2018 (date the GDPR came into force). Please contact Onlineredaktion@fes.de in this case.

Erasure (right to be forgotten)

Subject to any statutory retention regulations, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung erases your data when the purpose underlying its storage has been achieved, you have withdrawn your consent or one of the other cases specified in Article 17 GDPR is present.


Internet sites use what are known as cookies in several places. Cookies are used to make our offer more user-friendly, more efficient and more secure. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer and that your browser stores. The majority of the cookies that we use are what are known as session cookies. They are automatically deleted after you end your visit. You have the option, however, of setting your browser so that it notifies you when you are about to receive a cookie. You can then decide yourself whether you wish to accept it or not. Cookies do not cause any damage to your computer and do not contain viruses. 

Web analysis tools, plug-ins

The website www.ips-journal.eu uses the following services that use cookies: Google Custom Search, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. The integration of these services on the website are used to be able to share content from the site quickly on the relevant social media. The services each collect data on your user behaviour when you use our site. You can get more detailed information by clicking on the designated services.

Google Analytics

The web analysis service Google Analytics is integrated on www.ips-journal.eu. This is used to constantly improve the content on the website, as the data it collects on the behaviour of users on this site allow an analysis of which articles are read more and which articles are read less.

The company that operates Google Analytics is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, USA.

Google Analytics employs cookies to receive information on user behaviour, for example the time the website is accessed, the place where it is accessed from or the frequency of visits to our Internet site. You can read the data protection provisions of Google Analytics on this. It is possible to prevent data being collected by Google Analytics by installing an add-on in your browser, which can be downloaded from the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en

Your rights

You have the right of access at any time to the data stored by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung concerning you, including to receive information on its source and any recipients, the purpose for which it is stored, and to obtain other information under the more detailed terms of Article 15 GDPR and section 34 BDSG. Please contact the online editorial team of the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung in this matter. 

You have the right to obtain the rectification of inaccurate data concerning you (Article 16 GDPR).

You furthermore have the right to obtain erasure of the data concerning you under the conditions specified in Article 17 GDPR and section 35 BDSG. Please contact Onlineredaktion@fes.de in this case.

You are entitled to the right to restriction of processing in accordance with Article 18 GDPR, the right to data portability in accordance with Article 20 GDPR and the right to object based on Article 21. If the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung uses your data to send event information, publication offers or other information (direct marketing), you can object to the use of your data for these purposes; the data will then no longer be processed and used for these purposes (Article 21(2) and (3) GDPR). You can address your objection to Onlineredaktion@fes.de; you do not need to use a specific form for this.


Content of the online offer

The author assumes no liability of any kind for ensuring that the information provided is up to date, correct or complete or for its quality. Liability claims against the author that relate to damages of a material or non-material kind and that have been caused by the use or non-use of the information presented or through the use of incorrect and incomplete information are excluded in principle if no verifiably wilful misconduct or grossly negligent fault on the part of the author is present. All offers are subject to change and not binding. The author expressly reserves the right to amend, supplement or delete parts of pages of the entire offer or the temporarily or definitively cancel publication without separate notice. 

References and links

In the case of direct or indirect references to third-party websites (hyperlinks) that do not fall within the sphere of responsibility of the author, a liability obligation would come into effect exclusively in the event in which the author was aware of the content and it would be technically possible and reasonable for the author to prevent its use if the content were illegal. The author herewith expressly states that no illegal content was in evidence on the pages linked to at the time the link was created. The author has no influence of any kind on the current and future design, content or copyright of the linked pages. He therefore herewith expressly dissociates himself from all contents of all linked pages that have been modified after the link was created. This declaration applies to all links and references created within the author’s own Internet offer as well as to third-party entries in guest books, discussion forums, lists of links, mailing lists and in all other forms of databases set up by the author where it is possible to gain write access to their contents. Exclusively the provider of the page to which is referred is liable for illegal, incorrect or incomplete content and in particular for damages that are incurred from the use or non-use of information presented in this way, and not the person who merely referred to the publication in question by means of a link.

Copyright and trademark law

The author endeavours to respect the copyrights of the images, graphics, audio documents, video sequences and texts used, to use images, graphics, sound documents, video sequences and texts that he has himself created or to make use of royalty-free images, graphics, sound documents, video sequences and texts in all publications. All trade marks and brand names mentioned within the Internet offer and possibly protected by third parties are subject without reservation to the provisions of the applicable trademark law and the rights of possession of the relevant registered owner. The conclusion that a trade mark is not protected by third-party rights cannot be drawn solely from the mere mention of the trade mark. The copyright for published items created by the author himself remains exclusively with the author of the pages. Any reproduction or use of graphics, sound documents, video sequences and texts in other electronic or printed publications is not permitted without the express consent of the author.

Legal force of this disclaimer

This disclaimer is to be considered part of the Internet offer from which this page was accessed. If parts or individual formulations of this text should not, no longer or not completely be consistent with the applicable legal situation, the contents and validity of the remaining parts of the documents shall not be affected by that.